Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At St Barnabas and St Paul’s we aim to provide maths lessons which engage and enthuse our pupil’s. We want them to become confident in their use and understanding of maths and have fun learning along the way.
We begin each day in school with 15 minutes of maths as the children arrive at 8.45am. Teachers also deliver a maths lesson each day which teaches to the objectives required for each year group and enables the children to build skills along their mathematical journey through school from EYFS to Year 6.
The new curriculum requires that the importance of maths is also taught in other areas of the curriculum so that pupils can see the importance of maths in our everyday lives and its links to the wider world. We therefore link maths to science in particular but also to other lessons where appropriate.
Our teachers aim to make maths as enjoyable as possible however each term we hold fun whole school maths days which focus on particular areas of maths and enable the children to learn maths in creative ways. Recent focuses for these days have included shape and space, problem solving and real life measures.
We are also very fortunate to access the ‘mymaths’ online website which enables our children to complete maths homework at home and also try some of the activities at their leisure. This is a great resource which has had much positive feedback from our pupils.
Our school is proud of the teaching and learning of maths and the progress our pupils make. We regularly invite parents into school to participate or simply observe maths lessons taking place. Please take a look at the school website diary to find the available dates for the lessons you can attend this year.